Preview: A Christmas Carol, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; interview with Cliff Burnett

November 26, 2014

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A Wiser Miser Actor Cliff Burnett on playing Scrooge and being reunited with the “best director in Britain” By Mark Brown The actor and theatre musician Cliff Burnett is well known to Scottish audiences. Hailing from the north east of England, his talents have been drawn upon substantially by Dundee Rep, the Traverse Theatre in […]

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Reviews: Slope, by Untitled Projects & The Voice Thief, by Catherine Wheels

November 26, 2014

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Slope Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, until November 22; Transferring to Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh November 26-29   The Voice Thief Summerhall, Edinburgh Run ended   Reviewed by Mark Brown   Work with an unconventional theatre maker, as writer Pamela Carter often does with auteur director/designer Stewart Laing, and you get unconventional productions. The 2006 premiere of Slope […]

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Ian Smith: an appreciation

November 26, 2014

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Ian Smith: an appreciation By Mark Brown Ian Smith, who died on August 1 at the age of 55, was one of the most unique and creative performance artists in Scotland, and beyond, in recent decades. A founder member and leading light of the acclaimed performance company Mischief La-Bas (MLB), he took his own life […]

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Reviews: The Gamblers, tour; Bondagers, Lyceum, Edinburgh; & The Ladykillers, Pitlochry

November 3, 2014

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THEATRE REVIEWS   The Gamblers seen at Dundee Rep; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, November 5-8, Summerhall, Edinburgh, November 12-15   Bondagers, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh until November 15   The Ladykillers Pitlochry Festival Theatre until November 15   Reviewed by Mark Brown   The great Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol was the master satirist if the Czarist Russian […]

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Review feature: Beijing showcase

October 27, 2014

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Chekhov and Cherries in China Mark Brown discovers the diversity of theatrical performances being staged in the Chinese capital Turn off any main street in downtown Beijing and wander along one of the many hutongs (alleyways) that criss-cross the city and you are bound to encounter some of the contradictions that characterise modern day China. […]

Review feature: Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre 2014

October 13, 2014

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Georgia on his mind   Mark Brown is impressed by stagings of Orwell and Gorky at the Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre Walking along Rustaveli Avenue, the major thoroughfare of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi (a street named after the great 12th-century poet Shota Rustaveli), one can see, in its architectural grandeur, why “Tiflis” was revered […]

Reviews: Hamlet, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow & Kill Johnny Glendenning, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

October 2, 2014

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Hamlet Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Until October 11   Kill Johnny Glendenning Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh Until October 11; Transferring to Citizens Theatre, Glasgow October 22 to November 8   Reviewed by Mark Brown   Three-years into his reign at the Citizens Theatre, Dominic Hill’s directorship has already been hailed as a “golden age”. No production (not […]

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